14 04 2012

Members of The Novel Group (TNG), a community of unemployed or underemployed writers who meet in the Middletown area, celebrated the recent publication of one of their associates’ novel. Friends and colleagues surrounded Beth Lapin, author of To Say Goodbye, on Saturday, March 31 at the Cypress Restaurant. Read more about it here.

Kev Richardson interviews Beth Lapin…

20 02 2012

On the heels of publishing To Say Goodbye, Kev Richardson has interviewed me about my writing goals, styles, and quirks. Kev, a sixth generation descendant from Australia’s First Fleet, now devotes his life to writing on not only the truths of his country’s convict history and general fiction with an Australian flavour, but biographies of significant people. Read his interview with me.

Our Novel Group is changing

30 12 2011

Yesterday, The Novel Group met for our regular weekly meeting and were forced to say goodbye to one of our group members. Alex Dueben is moving to Brooklyn and thought that the end of the year would be a perfect time for closure with TNG.

It’s a difficult transition because we have been a solid, steady core for more than a year. Week to week, we have tracked our characters, joked about their interactions, and shared a small piece of each other’s lives.  Alex’s presence added a balance, professionalism, and, well, snarkiness, that was greatly appreciated. His absence will leave a gap, particularly in those talents.

Despite it all, we wish Alex the best!

The Novel Group

9 11 2011

Last week, The Novel Group had to miss its weekly meeting, because we had no power due to Storm Albert. So, today our motley crew trooped into our meeting hall, each of us with at least one story to tell about being without power or medical procedures. Or both. In fact, we were so deprived from missing our meeting, we spend the first half hour on our “I have a cat” stories.

However, we did finally get down to reviewing three submissions.  Interestingly, all  were generated by our efforts to meet the NaNoWriMo standards. National Novel Writing Month encourages writers to sit down daily for 30 days and write about 1,600 words in order to produce a 50K word novel at the month’s end. Although none of us were able to keep that schedule, we all admitted that the goal had at least jump-started us to set pen to paper (or rather fingers to keyboard). And two of these were brandy-new works.

We’ll see what type of pace we can continue; it’s a lofty goal. But one worth pursuing.